Sony has officially stopped production of the PSPGo.
Please notice that the regular PlayStation Portable, which the Go was intended to replace, is still available and won't be discontinued any time soon, even as Sony readies its next gen portable.
All those who didn't see this coming, raise your hand.
The Go was supposedly Sony's revelation about the consumer market. Given how many people had hacked their portables to play homebrews or games off the flash drive instead of the slow and prone to breakage UMD drive, Sony figured a game system where you could only buy downloadable games was the answer. And they were so sure that the public would buy it, the Go, which was cheaper to produce, actually cost $80 more than the regular PSP.
Sony just doesn't get it. They were so sure people would pay for movies that could only run on one device, that at one point, there were five times as many movies as games available for Sony's game machine. And the innovation just isn't there. Say what you will about the me-too-ism of DS games, at least people are doing things different. That was the machine that gave us games like Cooking Mama. Sony's stuff was just watered down ports of their regular PlayStation games, like Twisted Metal and God Of War. They may have been good, but those games are meant to be experienced in a full blown gaming environment, not a time-killer machine. Hard core gamers don't do portables.
So, what will Sony fuck up next? We may find out soon....